Tag Archives: Orlando Wetlands

Coots and a Dragonfly

There were a fair number of dragonflies about when we went to Orlando Wetlands in April, but no closeups as they were over the water or in alligator occupied grasses.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

A good supply of gnats over the Coots’ heads kept a few dragonflies busy.

Pair of American Coots and Dragonfly
Pair of American Coots and Dragonfly

A wider view of the Coots, with palm tree reflections in the pond.

Pair of American Coots
Pair of American Coots

Orlando Wetlands, Florida
April 12, 2022

Fancy Nest Topper, Another Angle

It was the shape of the tree that caught my eye, from a few posts ago. Turns out, working through my images from that day I had some other shots.

Osprey Nest in Artsy Tree
Osprey Nest– looking like a straw hat, Osprey head just visible

Here’s a wider view.

Orlando Wetlands
Orlando Wetlands

There were several Osprey flying around.

Osprey Fly Over
Osprey Fly Over

This one was watching the water but I never saw him dive.

Osprey Fly Over
Osprey Fly Over

Orlando Wetlands, Florida
April 12, 2022

Red-shouldered Hawk, First Light

The Red-shouldered Hawk that was sharing a snag with the Black-bellied Whistling Ducks blended right into the branch when he turned away from me.

Red-shouldered Hawk With Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Red-shouldered Hawk With Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

The hawk opted to move on.

Red-shouldered Hawk Flying Off, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Red-shouldered Hawk Flying Off, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

He didn’t go far, maybe just needed his own space.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

These snags stand in one of the wetland cells created as part of the city’s water reclamation process.

Orlando Wetlands, Florida
April 12, 2022

Limpkin Feeding on Mollusks

Limpkin are known for eating the freshwater apple snail, Ampullariidae. But it turns out they eat other mollusks using their specialized beak.

Limpkin Feeding on Mollusks
Limpkin Feeding on Mollusks

This water outflow is near the maintenance facility at Orlando Wetlands, and provided a buffet of choices for this diligent Limpkin.

Limpkin Feeding on Mollusks
Limpkin Feeding on Mollusks

The green kerchief on his head is a leaf that stuck when he plunged his head into the water.

Limpkin Feeding on Mollusks
Limpkin Feeding Smashing his Mollusk catch

Orlando Wetlands, Florida
April 12, 2022

Snowy Egret: Extra Points on The Fly By

Sometimes it seems like birds are showing off.

Snowy Egret Flying By
Snowy Egret Flying By

I was certainly impressed with this Snowy Egret’s flight skills.

Snowy Egret Flying By, Dragging His Feet
Snowy Egret Flying By, Dragging His Feet

He skimmed the pond in front of me with his toes in and out of the water.

Snowy Egret Flying By, Dragging His Feet
Snowy Egret Flying By, Dragging His Feet

I thought he was going to land, but he opted to pass on by.

Snowy Egret Flying By, Dragging His Feet
Snowy Egret Flying By, Dragging His Feet

Orlando Wetlands, Florida
April 12, 2022

Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat

Two Common Gallinules were making a splash.

Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat
Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat

A little dispute ensued…

Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat
Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat

A point was made…

Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat
Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat

Face off!

Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat
Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat

Ok, it’s all over, nothing more to see…

Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat
Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat

Or not!

Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat
Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat

Orlando Wetlands, Florida
April 12, 2022